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Centers for the Nutcracker Story


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Hi Everyone!
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I posted this message in another room but realized it really belonged most likely here so here it is.

This week we are prepping our very excited first graders for our trip to the Nutcracker Ballet. Of course, we have been listening to the music and we will be reading a variety of versions of the story this week.

We began implementing a center based LA program (that is thematically based). I thought doing a Nutcracker theme would be appropriate but I am at a loss for centers.

This is what I have so far (which is not much):
  • Making Words Center (using the word NUTCRACKERS) -we'll do it whole group first
  • Word Study Center (creating "UT" words)
  • Sorting center (sorting names of characters with their pictures, maybe)
I'd really like to include"
  • a writing center activity
  • an art project/arts and crafts kind of center
  • a pocket chart center (can be poetry, sorting, whatever- I've kept it very general)
  • a response to hearing the music
I really appreciate the help.